The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, yesterday decried the inability of Yoruba governors to forge a common front on crucial matters affecting the interest of the Yoruba race. In a statement by its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the group noted with regret that â€œthere is so much disunity among governors of the south-westâ€.
â€œThe relationship among the governors is nothing to write home about, unlike the recent demonstrations of camaraderie and unity by the governors of the south-south and those in the north,â€™â€™ it said.
The statement alleged that the south west governors had permitted artificial party affiliations to keep them apart, â€œinstead of remaining focused to a common regional agendaâ€™â€™. It noted that recently, the south-south governors spoke with one voice, resolving to withdraw their commitment to the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty offer to militants, if government went ahead with a purported plan to relocate the proposed University of Petroleum Technology from Effurun, Delta State, to Kaduna.
â€œMore than any other consideration, the single-minded resolve by the south-south governors made the Federal Government to change its mind. â€œSimilarly, the northern governors called an emergency meeting and spoke with one voice on the â€œBoko Haram,â€ crisis with a resolve to forge a common policy on aliens coming to the north,â€™â€™ it added.
The statement said governors in the south west region were unable to present a common front on crucial issues where its people suffered disadvantages. â€œThe south west governors have yet to speak with one voice on the Atlas Cove jetty attack, local government and state creations, electoral reforms, resource control, devolution of powers and true federalism, among others,â€™â€™ it added.
â€œThe South-West governors must lead the way by breaking down all partisan walls that keeps the people divided. Yoruba governors must come together to form a political power bloc, wherein they will relate together for the common good of their indigenes.â€
The group, however, advocated the formation of a South-West Governors Forum that would act as an interest group for enhancing the socio-political and socio-economic development of Yoruba land. â€œThe synergy must bring together Governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State, Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State, Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, Segun Mimiko of Ondo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and Segun Oni of Ekiti State,â€ it added.